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Seeing through vertical viewfinders

Posted July 26, 2007 in Artmaking

I picked up an Olympus Pen FT 35mm SLR at the end of February [2007]. Because it’s half frame, the viewfinder is vertical rather than horizontal, and I was really curious to see if it would affect how I see through it. I’ve been using it as my primary normal-lensed camera for a few months […]

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Past and presence, another take on wide vs. deep?

Posted July 20, 2007 in Artmaking

I’ve noticed an odd trend lately: most of the people I know who aren’t geeky in any way (aren’t technically inclined, aren’t particularly curious about how things work, and, not wanting to be bothered with technical details, tend to favor point-and-shoot or fully automatic cameras) seem to be really into classifying things. When some of […]

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Great thread on making a living as a fine art photographer

Posted July 4, 2007 in Artmaking

It’s here at the Large Format Photography Forum. And it’s long. But it’s really interesting. Big ups to Katie Cooke for the tip.

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Don’t break the spell

Posted April 23, 2007 in Artmaking

I was just reading the current (May 2007) issue of EQ magazine when I came across an interview with high-end microphone designer Klaus Heyne. In it, he very nicely summed up what I’ve been trying to verbalize about photography, image manipulation (be it chemical, optical, or digital), and good "straight" lens rendering in general (sharpness, […]

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Seeing with long lenses: results

Posted March 23, 2007 in Artmaking

About a week ago, I took a walk in a local park with a Hasselblad 501C/M and a 350mm lens to see if I could get down with long lenses, which I generally don’t like very much (see previous post). I didn’t feel like I’d done very well at the time, and the film I […]

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Seeing with long lenses

Posted March 15, 2007 in Artmaking

Yesterday started out beautifully. It was almost 80°F in the sun, which was a welcome change from the cold New York winter, and I went to Peach Hill Park, which is an old apple orchard. I haven’t fixed the light leak in my one particular copy of a Spartus that’s my favorite landscape camera (it’s […]

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The over-educated eye?

Posted March 5, 2007 in Artmaking

Gallery owner Edward Winkleman has an interesting discussion going on at his blog about whether being too well-informed interferes with appreciating/enjoying art. I’m with Winkleman: I say no. I have no problem blanking my mind and going for the ride. It’s only once the experience has run its course that I may try to figure […]

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Art is mystical shit

Posted February 20, 2007 in Artmaking

Stuart Davis is an artist who kind of defies categorization: he’s a [kick-ass] musician, painter, potty-mouthed mystic, and a bunch of other shit. He wrote: I was conversing with this intelligent presence (no body, no form) which was fluent in Is (the language I’m constructing). It was quizzing me, basically, saying "au-VAIH-sool, what does that […]

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Faking your own art?

Posted February 14, 2007 in Artmaking

This story is related by Robert Anton Wilson in Ishtar Rising: An art dealer once went to Pablo Picasso and said, "I have a bunch of ‘Picasso’ canvasses that I was thinking of buying. Would you look them over and tell me which are real and which are forgeries?” Picasso obligingly began sorting the paintings […]

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Art vs. Business: social contracts & disowning your work

Posted February 13, 2007 in Artmaking

Gallery owner Edward Winkleman has a characteristically thoughtful and thought-provoking post on his blog about artists disowning early "non-representative" works and the implied social contract of selling art: What’s emerged in conversations lately (due mostly to Richard Prince’s refusal to permit reproduction of his much earlier work for a catalog accompanying an exhibition of it) […]

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